"I was very nervous," Jenks said after waving to fans in the crowd. "The competition all night was very tight."
Capital opened the event with a pirate-themed show. Auxiliary members twirled mops and drumbeats boomed like cannons on a vessel during the Capital's "voyage for the eternal quest for swag," as described in the band's introduction.
The show included four parts, moving from the start of the adventure to a battle at sea. Following a victory - and forcing the "Lilly landlubbers" to walk the plank - the Capital band formed an "X" to signify buried treasure.
Jenks said the music and formations were particularly difficult this year and he was very proud of his band's ability to pick up the routine.
He said his auxiliary members in particular had been working very hard. Even before the start of band camp, they were sweating it out several times a week.
"They ran one to two miles each (practice) during the summer," Jenks said.
Even though going first meant Jenks' band was able to perform before temperatures had dropped much at Laidley Field, Jenks said it was torturous to watch the rest of the bands perform. He said some of the smaller bands were "phenomenal," and he tipped his hat to their performances.
Right after the high schools performed, Marshall University's 330-member Marching Thunder took the field, wowing the crowd with their massive sound.
They played a medley of classic R&B hits from the likes of Michael Jackson and Donna Summer. Kanawha County members of the band were recognized during the performance, and the crowd roared.
Herbert Hoover had a solid showing thanks in large part to the Ryan twins as featured twirlers and Bethany Rucker as field commander. Rucker earned the first-place award for field commanders among AA schools and Haley and Heather Ryan shared the top honor for featured twirlers thanks to a South Beach-themed performance.
Sissonville High School had perhaps the most intense performance. Entitled "Afterworld," smoke drifted amongst the band, and field commander Katie Tipton shed a black cape to reveal her large black wings as the Indians paid tribute to Dante's "The Divine Comedy."
Tipton finished second in the field commander category, and Sissonville earned first-place marks in the percussion and general effect categories.
St. Albans High School entered the same waters as Capital with an ocean theme of their own. The Red Dragons used buckets for drums and had a massive ship on the field as first-place field commander Jessica Smith led them through "1492: Mundus Novus."
Trophies were presented by Kanawha County school board member Robin Rector, with one exception. Heather Ryan, last year's Miss Majorette, crowned her successor.